Last week, DoniLab held a ceremony to launch the third cohort of Teliman, its flagship incubation program. This year, 26 young Malian startups were selected to be accompanied by the program. The event gathered several high profile stakeholders in the national and regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, including Directors of various organizations in charge of employment in Mali.
With funding from the International Organization of the Francophonie (IOF), DoniLab, an enterprise incubator in Mali, just launched the third cohort of its Teliman program. The launch ceremony was an opportunity for DoniLab’s Executives to express their sincere gratitude to the OIF office. “Dear young start-uppers of the 3rd cohort of Teliman, we proudly and loudly say in front of all of you that if it hadn’t been for the relentless support of the OIF, this incredible journey that you and we are about to embark on would have remained just a dream” said Dr. Tiadiane Ball, General Director of Donilab.
Speaking about the Teliman Program, Dr. Ball says that it takes place over a period of six (6) months and implicates 26 young entrepreneurs. He stated that “Teliman accompanies young project holders from the concept phase of their business, to the business plan development stage and all the way to the financing phase”. He then went on to explain the rationale behind the launch of Teliman Cohorts, to fill the gap left by the weakness of public policies in enhancing youth entrepreneurship in the country. “The main objective of this initiative is to stimulate entrepreneurship ingenuity among young people. Structures like DoniLab are essential to mentor and teach young ambitious people the essentials of entrepreneurship, “he firmly stated.
In closing, Dr. Ball expressed his satisfaction to the fact that hundreds of young people who have used DoniLab in the past years are now on track to succeed. “Like the previous chapters, this program will certainly enable the 26 beneficiaries to kick start their entrepreneurial journeys” he reassured.
Oumar B. Sidibé